Thursday, March 16, 2000

Pre-weekend Weekend Lunch Invite 62. Twice as Strong as the Leading Breeze

New vehicle fails to fill void

Girl, truck picture On March 3, Derrick Williams purchased a new 2000 Chevy S-10 pickup truck. His buying decision was based largely on advertising he was exposed to through various media.

"The four-cylinder, two-wheel-drive version gets [gas] mileage that was better than 8 miles-a-gallon," Derrick said, implying the more powerful versions of the vehicle were very inefficient and would be costly in the long-run.

Advertising for the vehicle revolves around the idea that people who purchase the trucks are rugged, confident individuals. The association of these individuals and Chevy S-10 pickup trucks may be misinterpreted by the casual observer to mean there is a causal relationship between buying the Chevy S-10 pickup and becoming a rugged, self-assured individual.

Derrick, truck His friends were at best marginally supportive of his purchase, their disapproval based largely on his decision to get a pickup truck with both an underpowered engine and the absence of four-wheel drive. They then proceeded to climb into the bed of the truck to test the strength of the suspension.

"I bought a new truck 20 minutes ago, but the crushing void inside me remains unfulfilled."

None of the advertising for the Chevy S-10 pickup truck states it is designed to fill the overbearing emptiness experienced by human beings in their quest to find purpose for their otherwise meaningless lives.


Movies this week:

  • Beyond the Mat - The definitive documentary that proves professional wrestling is not fake. Well, at least in the sense that the wrestlers are real and they actually do move around and stuff, although their intention is not actually to kill one another as it is presented.
  • Erin Brockovich - Julia Roberts plays an adorable, witty, and undernourished lawyer who takes on a utility company for making an entire community sick from food poisining when they turn off power to everyone's refrigerators at night to save money.
  • Final Destination - A mans friends start getting killed one at a time when he warns them of a spectral vision he had seen with his own eyes concerning their concurrent deaths aboard a plane.


Tonight's good bet at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is Buzzo Band.

Also, Milestones (170 East Ave.) is having the Freetime Magazine's Most Popular Band Contest with Smackin' Daddies and Don't Bother the Dog.

Meanwhile, at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is Run DMC, High and Mighty, DJ Big Red, Drop-D, and Silly Cutty.

WRUR night at Red (171 St. Paul.)

Friday! St. Patrick's Day

Even this week, there's basically no excuses this week not to see Amy's Comedy Cellar at 7:30 at Christian's Cafe in Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) The local comedians from the open mics around town get together to do a combination of stand-up and sketch comedy. It's free and you can't see it anywhere else.

Later, you can catch The Buddhahood at Frankie & Louie's Bayou Bar & Grill at The Centers at High Falls.

Karaoke at Boston Brew Company (251 Exchange Blvd.)

All other venues have Irish bands.


O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.

Maybe before you head out for the late-night stuff, check out the Stanley Kubric classic A Clockwork Orange at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.)

Later at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) are Croonin' Kurt and The Hi-Geared Combo.


Remember that this afternoon at 1:00 p.m., Dani's hockey team is playing at the Blue Cross Arena (Exchange Blvd and Broad St.) It's open to the public and should be a good game even though as Anita mentioned, the players "respect their personal space" and "hit gently."

  • Futurama: A Bicyclops Built for Two - Determined to perpetuate her race, Leela accepts the marriage proposal of a male cyclops.
  • King of the Hill: Won't You Pimai Neighbor? - Bobby emerges as the chosen one when Buddhist monks arrive in Arlen, Texas, looking for a reincarnated lama. Guest voice: Mary Tyler Moore.
  • Simpsons: Bart to the Future - A glimpse into the future shows that Lisa is president of the United States, and Bart's a White House freeloader.
  • Malcolm in the Middle: Lois vs. Evil - Lois loses her job at the pharmacy after Malcolm and his brothers blow up the store's steam cleaner.


Another Camera Rochester meeting is at Atonement Lutheran Church at 1900 Westfall Road from 7:30 to 9:30.

Audience Quiz is at The Old Toad (277 Alexander St.)


Tonight is cheap night ($7) at the Maxfield Parrish show at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.) It runs from February 20 through April 30; admission fee is $10, $9 for students w/ ID, $7 on Tuesday evenings, or 5$ with a museum pass.

Open mic comedy at the Colosseum Caffe (262 Park Ave.) starting around 9:30.

Open mic poetry at Java's (16 Gibb Street) starting around 9:30.


South Park today at Rohrbach's at 315 Gregory Street at 10:00. Tonight's "classic" is Conjoined Fetus Lady: The town's dodge ball team goes to the championships; the school nurse deals with a strange medical disorder.

The Nuts & Bolts Improv Troupe will again be at Club Vibes (150 Andrews St.) at 8:00 p.m. It's $5 to get in and it's way totally worth it.

Luck of the Irish
Which is the most popular St. Patrick's Day stereotype?

cereal lovin' Leprechauns
mutant clover
green beer, urine
bagpipes, other acoustic-warfare devices
"Kiss me, I'm Irish [today]."

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